Tears of Joy as Banyana Banyana Win 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Title

A new era has begun for Banyana Banyana after securing their first-ever Africa Women's Cup of Nations title after defeating hosts Morocco 2-1 in the final on Saturday, 23 July 2022. Photo: CAF Women (Twitter)

A new era has begun for Banyana Banyana after securing their first-ever Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title after defeating hosts Morocco 2-1 in the final on Saturday, 23 July 2022.

The South Africans found their groove in the early stages of the first half as the Moroccan supporters came out in their numbers to back the host nation.

It was a very tactical first 45 minutes, which saw the match deadlocked going into the half-time break.

It was more of the same in the second half, with both nations playing at a lively tempo but it was the South Africans who got the breakthrough just before the hour mark.

Jermaine Seoposenwe showed great pace and composure to beat skip past one challenge in the box before picking out Hildah Magaia, who slotted home with a first-time finish for her second goal of the tournament.

The lead was doubled in the 71st minute as some superb build up play ended with Magaia getting on the end of Karabo Dhlamini’s cross before slotting into the back of the net.

Morocco, however, did pull a goal back with 10 minutes left on the clock as the hosts pounced an error from Ramalepe, with Fatima Zahra teeing up for Rosella Ayane for the close-range finish.

The host nation threw everything forward in search of an equaliser to send the game to extra-time, but Ellis’ troops remained determined in the closing stages and held on to claim their first Cup of Nations title.

 

2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Awards: 

Goalkeeper of the Tournament – Andile Dlamini (South Africa)
Woman of the Tournament – Chizlane Chebbak (Morocco)
Woman of the Match (final) – Hildah Magaia (South Africa)
Women’s National Team of the Year – South Africa

 

Photo 1 Caption: A new era has begun for Banyana Banyana after securing their first-ever Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title after defeating hosts Morocco 2-1 in the final on Saturday, 23 July 2022. Photo: CAF Women (Twitter)

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